Q Scopes: Brush up on skills, Sagittarius!

Mars is turning retrograde and will backtrack through Virgo until April 13. In this period, recent pet peeves, critical arguments, bitchy outbursts and intestinal inflammations will come back to haunt you. Keep an eye on self-improvement without beating yourself up.

ARIES (March 20 – April 19): Your ruler, Mars, turning retrograde in Virgo is likely to make you cranky, even aggressive, especially with colleagues, in the next few weeks. Obsessing over details can distract you from bigger issues and dangers. But do heed details that concern your health!

TAURUS (April 20 – May 20): Being "too" nice can come off as saccharine and manipulative. Use your overactive charms to deal with problems in a straightforward fashion. Resist the urge to gloss over them. Flirtations can lead a lot further than intended.

GEMINI (May 21- June 20): Disagreements at home are likely to get out of hand, and especially when you thought you'd just settled the problem. Be as patient and diplomatic as you can. Your attention will soon turn to more interesting problems.

CANCER (June 21- July 22): A new passionate fling probably seems a lot more serious than it really is. Or less. Either way it's sure to surprise you – and probably a lot more people than you'd like to have know about it.

LEO (July 23 – August 22): It's too easy to react to others. Your natural instinct is to be a control queen, but more productively, try to see why your nerves are so raw. Vigorous exercise will help your balance and insight.

VIRGO (August 23 – September 22): A conservative, cautious approach to a creative problem will provide a key to much more imaginative possibilities. Take that inspiration to work and you'll find more ideas pointing to new methods. With a solid grounding, dare to advance bold new techniques.

LIBRA (September 23 – October 22): Hitting a plateau in whatever you're working on is a natural stage. Don't let it discourage you! Keep at whatever you're doing, although if you can figure out why you're stuck you may find better ways of doing it.

SCORPIO (October 23 – November 21): Frustration with co-workers has more to do with your expectations than with them. Brace yourself for recent problems to come back at you. You need to mouth off. Save it for your friends who can help you develop a better perspective.

SAGITTARIUS (November 22 – December 20): Talk with relatives about family health issues. Better to get rude surprises from your family to prepare your doctor than the other way around! Brush up on skills and get updated on technology that will help you at work.

CAPRICORN (December 21 – January 19): Recurrence of old arguments may highlight your need to reconsider ideals and tenets you've long taken for granted. Be careful that shrewd insight doesn't push you to disillusion friends. You can be realistic and respectful.

AQUARIUS (January 20 – February 18): The impulse to demonstrate your debonair wit could easily backfire. The line between incisive epigrams and rude bitchiness is too easy to stumble over. If you need to be naughty, find an appropriate partner and a room.

PISCES (February 19 – March 19): Venus is in Pisces boosting your charm and seductiveness. It's very easy to talk your way into a hot little affair, but you may soon find it harder to get out of. Be sure of where the exits are before you step into anything!